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Week-over-week sales down 7.6%

BY CSA STAFF

Chicago ShopperTrak’s National Retail Sales Estimate reported that year-over-year retail sales rose a slight 0.8% for the week ending Jan. 16, while sales slipped 7.6% versus the previous week ending Jan. 9.

As expected, both yearly and weekly sales levels continued to slow last week following the late 2009 holiday spending rush.

While ShopperTrak expects this pattern to continue over the next several weeks, the company said the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday provided a slight boost for the week ending Jan. 23 as consumers took advantage of the extra day to shop.

“Many schools, government offices and other businesses were closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which most likely positively impacted weekly retail performance,” said Bill Martin, co-founder of ShopperTrak. “Historically ShopperTrak’s data shows retail spending pauses a bit following the holidays and we believe this trend will continue throughout the rest of the month and up to President’s Day in mid February.” 

That said, the company’s initial first-quarter analysis showed that sales and traffic levels will fare slightly better than the same three-month period last year.

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New execs named at Cabela’s

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SIDNEY, Neb. Cabela’s has announced a series of executive promotions.

The six promoted executives are Patrick Snyder, Brian Linneman, Ralph Castner, Joseph Friebe, Charles Baldwin and Michael Copeland.

 

 

Patrick Snyder, formerly SVP of merchandising and marketing, has been promoted to EVP and chief marketing officer. Under Snyder’s leadership, the company is consolidating responsibility for its e-commerce and catalog businesses. He will continue his current responsibilities for market research/analysis, retail advertising, brand management and media relations.

 

Brian Linneman, formerly SVP global supply chain and operations, has been named EVP and chief merchandising officer. Linneman will be responsible for merchandising, planning, inventory, visual merchandising and strategic planning/process improvement.

 

Ralph Castner has been named EVP and CFO of Cabela’s and chairman of the board of World’s Foremost Bank. Previously VP and CFO, and chairman of the board of World’s Foremost Bank, the company’s wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Castner will continue his current responsibilities for finance, accounting, investor relations, tax, internal audit, legal, and risk management. He will also take on responsibilities for real estate, construction and facilities.

 

Joseph Friebe has been promoted to EVP of Cabela’s and president and CEO of World’s Foremost Bank. Previously VP, and president and CEO of World’s Foremost Bank, Friebe will continue to lead World’s Foremost Bank.

 

Charles Baldwin, formerly, VP and chief human resources officer, has been named EVP and chief administrative officer. Baldwin will continue his current responsibilities for human resources and take on responsibilities for information systems, call centers and the company’s outdoor adventures division.

 

Michael Copeland has been named EVP and COO. Previously VP of retail operations, Copeland will continue his responsibilities for retail operations in the United States, as well as asset protection, and will take on responsibilities for operations in Canada.

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B&N donates 1.1 million books

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NEW YORK Barnes & Noble announced that it collected and donated more than 1.1 million books for children in need all over the country during its 2009 Holiday Book Drive. In addition, Barnes & Noble donated another 150,000 books to students in the New Orleans School District through Reader to Reader, a non-profit organization that distributes books to schools and libraries in need, and 50,000 to Toys for Tots, which collects and distributes toys as Christmas gifts to needy children.

“The Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive could not succeed without the passion of our booksellers and generosity of our customers,” says Sarah DiFrancesco, director of community relations. “This is a holiday tradition for us and what a great opportunity for our stores and customers to come together to donate new books for children in the community who really need them.”

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